[gsis_admins] Re: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility

  • From: "Tarleton, Anna S" <anna.tarleton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <gsis_admins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:59:18 +0000

I can add a real-life example. In Henry County, they wound up paying for a 
kid's first year of college because the HOPE GPA that printed on their local 
transcripts was not calculated like the GSFC. That is when they removed it from 
their transcripts. The Student Services Director actually found a Ford 
Foundation Scholarship to pay for it, but they would have been paying it out of 
their pockets if she had not been able to do that.

Anna

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[mailto:gsis_admins-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Denise Epperson
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 2:20 PM
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Subject: [gsis_admins] Re: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE 
eligibility

This is what I came up for the governance board meeting.  I had Bob Lahl send 
me his file layout to make it easier.  Anything else?

Streamlining the connection between GSFC and DOE through SLDS, this will depend 
on GSFC conversion process.


1.       If SB 372 (requiring local school systems to calculate and provide a 
GPA for grades 09-11 for HOPE eligibility) passes, we will need to have some 
link between the districts to GSFC that is secure.  Or this could be 
accomplished through the parent portal of the SLDS system.  We don't believe 
there is any school system that is equipped or wants to put their necks out to 
post a HOPE calculated GPA without it coming from GSFC.



2.       GSFC is removing their third party software; therefore, the link would 
be direct to GSFC.



3.       The DOE already collect the information that GSFC collects with 
minimal additional field.



4.        We could maintain the users and permissions in one place instead of 
multiple places.



5.       We have to report bridge information to the DOE in SR for CCRPI.


Denise Epperson
Administrative Technology
Griffin - Spalding County Schools
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From: Denise Epperson 
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Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 9:26 AM
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Subject: FW: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility
Importance: High

Welcome back for most of you.  I know most have been on mid-winter break and 
that is why I wasn't pushing this issue and a few other issues that we as a 
board will need to look at together.


1.        For those not on the SLDS Governance board, just for your 
information, we have a meeting coming up in March.  At this meeting, I have 
requested time to discuss the DOE working with GSFC to transfer data between 
them rather than having to upload to two different sites.  This might be in 
vain, but it's worth a shot.



2.       I believe I have already forwarded you the information that Bob 
Swiggum sent regarding SB 167.  If you did not receive it, it is attached.  It 
wouldn't hurt for the board to review the bill and outline concerns/give 
suggestions and email committee members as soon as possible.  This will need to 
be compared to FERPA and to see where it conflicts.  In fact, we may want to 
see if Levette would be a ghost source by phone for us to keep her from getting 
into any trouble.



3.       If you scroll to the bottom of this email on SB 372, you will see 
where Josh Griffis would like us, as an organization, to address this bill 
regarding the local school systems giving GPA's to determine HOPE eligibility.  
As we know, this would not be possible unless there was a way for GSFC to give 
us this data.  But, as an individual school system giving this data out, we are 
setting ourselves up for a lawsuit.



Carolyn, Anna and Priscilla, would you work on SB 167?  Jesse and Anthony will 
you work on SB 372?  I would like everyone else to read both bills and put in 
your two cents.  This is a group effort.  Please no slackers, this is part of 
our job as board members and representatives of the counties of Georgia.  Let 
try to have this finished and out by Friday if not sooner.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SB/167

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/SB/372





Denise Epperson
Administrative Technology
Griffin - Spalding County Schools
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From: Carolyn Oliver [mailto:COliver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, February 24, 2014 8:02 AM
To: Josh Griffis; Noralee Deason; 
jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; Priscilla Willis; 
Anna Tarleton; Swaim, Anthony; Denise Epperson
Subject: RE: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility

Josh,

I agree that this would be a good item for the GSIS Advocacy Committee.  Our 
new president could pursue this.

Carolyn

From: Josh Griffis [mailto:josh.griffis@xxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:41 AM
To: Noralee Deason; Carolyn Oliver; 
jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx<mailto:jpeavy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; Priscilla Willis; 
Anna Tarleton; Swaim, Anthony; Denise Epperson
Subject: SB 372 - unweighted GPAs for determining HOPE eligibility

Check out this bill introduced in the Ga Senate requiring local school systems 
to provide an unweighted GPA to each high school student at the conclusion of 
each year "for the purposes of determining HOPE eligibility."

http://www.ciclt.net/sn/leg/l_detail2.aspx?ClientCode=gsba&L_ID=814907&L_State=ga&L_Session=2013-2014&L_Prior=2011-2012

I'm going to email my senator and the members of the Education & Youth 
Committee (from my personal email) and request that the bill be revised or 
eliminated since GSFC determines HOPE eligibility; not local school systems.  
Additionally, students can currently view their HOPE GPA on the gacollege411 
website so I wonder if the committee of senators even knows that.  Perhaps GSIS 
could lobby the legislature and/or ask GSFC to contact the legislature on this 
one as well.

Here is a list of the Education & Youth Committee:  
http://www.senate.ga.gov/committees/en-US/Committee.aspx?Committee=120&Session=23

If the bill passes, we can always include the GPA on the end of year report 
card to satisfy the requirement, but the GPA our SIS calculates is not the same 
as the HOPE GPA so I'm concerned that it would increase calls to our counselors 
with parents/students that thought they were HOPE eligible based on a GPA on 
the report card.

Thanks,
Josh

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